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Puppets abound Wednesday on World Puppetry Day in Pittsburgh City Hall

Bob Bauder
| Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:57 p.m.
Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by a puppet caricature of himself in proclaiming Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 'Puppetry Day' in Pittsburgh.
Bob Bauder | Tribune-Review
Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by a puppet caricature of himself in proclaiming Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 'Puppetry Day' in Pittsburgh.
An artist with the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh created puppets depicting Pittsburgh City Council members in recognition of World Puppetry Day on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Bob Bauder | Tribune-Review
An artist with the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh created puppets depicting Pittsburgh City Council members in recognition of World Puppetry Day on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto couldn't resist the miniature puppet of his longtime political nemesis — Councilwoman Darlene Harris — Wednesday while honoring local puppeteers in City Hall.

"Mayor Bill Peduto, you're doing a really good job," Peduto joked in a falsetto voice, pretending to be Harris while wiggling her puppet on a finger.

An artist with the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh created miniatures of city council members as a gift to the city.

Harris, who was not there and could not be reached later for comment, has been one of the mayor's biggest critics.

Members of the guild, a group of aficionados dedicated to promoting the ancient art form, gathered in the City-County Building, Downtown, in recognition of World Puppetry Day held each March 21.

David English, the nonprofit's acting president, said the group includes about 50 members from the region.

"We're a collective of people who are artists, educators, fans at every level and in every style and from each branch of the puppetry tree," he said. "Our goal is to elevate everyone who's interested in puppetry and practicing puppetry."

Members in life-size puppet costumes, including one portraying the mayor, danced in the building lobby to the sounds of Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music."

Others performed with puppets dangling from strings.

"It's an honor today to be able to recognize puppetry and the art and its place within Pittsburgh's proud history," Peduto said.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312, bbauder@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobbauder.

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